Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. In January 1922, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics.
The College soon began offering various other courses in Medical Care, Agriculture , Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training. Makerere expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935.
In 1937, the College started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses. In 1949, it became a University College affiliated to the University College of London. In 1963 Makerere became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees of the University of London.
With the establishment of the University of East Africa on 29th June 1963, the special relationship with the University of London came to an end and degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted.
On July 1, 1970, Makerere became an independent national university of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards.
Today, Makerere University has twenty-two faculties,institutes and schools offering not only day but also evening and external study programmes to a student body of about 30,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates, both national and international.
Makerere University is also a very active centre for research.
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Last updated on 17 Apr 2013